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  • 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E at the 2018/2019 Formula E Monaco ePrix

    The Aston Martin Rapide E just made its public debut sitting on a stand at the Shanghai auto show last month, but the company didn't wait long to show it off blasting around a track. The car appeared Saturday racing around the street circuit set up for the Formula E Monaco Grand Prix, which was run on Saturday on a shortened version of the Monaco Grand Prix track. DON'T MISS: 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E: Track-ready electric car shown at Shanghai The Rapide E is an electric car based on Aston Martin's Rapide four-door sports sedan, designed as a track-day car for wealthy buyers. It has 200...

  • Rich Benoit and Chris Salvo, founders of the Electric Garage
    YouTube-famous Tesla rebuilder opens shop in "coopetition" with Tesla

    Without dealerships, service has been a regular challenge for Tesla and its owners. Reports are so rampant about months-long wait times for Tesla service that CEO Elon Musk has acknowledged that addressing service complaints is his No. 1 priority for 2019, especially after the company's sales...

  • 1960 Henney Kilowatt [for sale on Hemmings]
    1960 Henney Kilowatt electric car was a junction box of 20th century future

    If your historical knowledge of electric cars goes back to the first Tesla Roadster, the GM EV1 or, perhaps, one of the many intriguing manufacturer conversions from the 1980s or ‘90s, you have many decades of what-ifs to catch up on. Case in point: There’s something far geekier and...

  • Wiebe Wakker finishes electric-car tour
    Epic electric road trip: After 3 years and 33 countries, it's a wrap

    Wiebe Wakker took one very long drive in an electric car—for a total of 1119 days, covering 59,000 miles and traversing portions of 33 countries on the way from the Netherlands to Australia. It was, by just about any standard, an epic road trip. Wakker reached Sydney last Sunday, April 7, and...

  • Audi e-tron quattro ad: "Not for You" [Screenshot]
    2019 Audi E-tron ads take aim at electric myths

    One reason that electric-car adoption hasn't taken off faster is that, while automakers market the heck out of the benefits of SUVs and crossover vehicles, they launch EVs with nary a peep. Now Audi is on the cusp of launching its first all-electric model and is taking direct aim at many of the...

  • 2006 BMW Hydrogen 7
    Is hydrogen internal combustion a better idea than fuel cells?

    Although hydrogen—and hydrogen fuel cells—could still play an important role in future transportation, even many hydrogen advocates will admit that hydrogen internal combustion probably won't. It certainly wasn’t always this way. About 15 years ago there was great hope in the idea...

  • Linear Labs Hunstable Electric Turbine motor

    Update: This article has been updated to clarify some technical details as well as the overall cost savings of the Hunstable electric machine. It isn’t just batteries that are making big strides in electric cars. Several companies are also striving to make electric motors more efficient and powerful. Now a new Texas company claims it has a new motor technology that can generate twice the torque, three times the power, and 10 percent more range for electric cars in the same weight and space as a typical electric motor. READ THIS: Motor supplier sees mass-produced in-wheel motors around...

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Obama, buy that Volt!

    Our current President, Donald Trump, has made it abundantly clear where he stands on electric cars. It’s quite a contrast to our former President, Barack Obama, whose administration widely supported policy fostering more fuel-efficient vehicles, greener energy, and the path to more vehicles...

  • Tesla Model 3 Enhanced Summon video still [by YouTuber  Nagaraj Kelageri]
    Tesla starts Hardware 3 rollout: Enhanced Summon, red-light warnings

    Like Teslas rolling through parking lots on their own, the self-driving future is inching closer. This week, Tesla owners began to experience new features of the company's long-promised next update to its self-driving system, including Enhanced Summon, which is one of the first features of Tesla's...

  • Tesla Model Y
    2020 Tesla Model Y: Latest price, range, specs for new crossover SUV

    The 2020 Tesla Model Y borrows some of the same underpinnings of the Model 3 sedan, and marries it to what so many American families today want: a crossover utility vehicle shape. As such, the Model Y has the potential to amount to an even greater sales success than the Model 3. The California...

  • Sono Sion solar assisted electric car
    Production Sono Sion solar-assisted car makes appearance

    Concept cars are relatively easy to build—particularly concepts of cars that may exist only on paper or as clay and foil design studies. That has given rise to a host of new concepts launched as online crowd-funded endeavors of various levels of seriousness and potential. One is Sono Motors...

  • Tesla Supercharger site in Dorno, Italy, photo by problemidiricarica.wordpress.com/
    Tesla Model 3 gets Supercharging V3 first: How about 75 miles of range in 5 minutes?

    If you road-trip with an electric car like a Tesla, you soon become acutely aware of miles per hour. That's not the miles per hour you see on the speedometer, but the rate at which the car will gain range when being fast-charged. It determines how quickly you can pull out of the charging station...

  • Nissan x Opus camper with reused Leaf batteries in Britain with Nissan Qashqai

    Electric-car batteries need to get recycled or reused at the end of their road. And campers are always in need of more batteries to stay out longer and run more things without resorting to gas power. Combine the two needs and you get the Nissan x Opus, an inflatable, folding camping trailer that relies on second-life batteries from used Nissan Leafs. Nissan showed the camper at the Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show in Birmingham, England this week. CHECK OUT: Volvo reuses bus batteries for solar storage The Opus is an existing folding camping trailer, something like a pop-up camper in the...

  • Audi e-tron ski slope ad
    E-tron follows original Quattro to the ski slopes in Audi's latest ad

    You asked, now you've received. In our Twitter poll last week, readers told us that they think automakers should quit focusing on electric cars' green credentials in ads and start advertising their performance. Apparently Audi was reading their thoughts. After spending as much as $5 million (or...

  • Bill Gates
    Bill Gates calls Tesla “an amazing product,” doesn't see electric trucks working quite yet

    Electric cars may be seen by some as part of a seemingly unstoppable, powerful technological wave that will disrupt not just the auto industry but most other forms of transportation. Don’t count on Bill Gates as one of those bright-eyed EV cheerleaders; on the other hand, don’t dismiss...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016
    Commentary: Toyota Corolla Hybrid ad brags about not plugging in

    In Toyota's latest ad for its new Corolla Hybrid in Britain, it's 2002 all over again. The ad shows the new Corolla Hybrid (in non-U.S. hatchback form) bypassing all kinds of road transportation alternatives from different eras—from a stagecoach and an early brass-era car to 1950s hot rods...

  • 2019 Audi Super Bowl ad, "Cashew," featuring e-tron GT concept
    Audi Super Bowl ad: Heavenly electric-car future, hackneyed themes?

    Audi’s 2019 Super Bowl ad for Sunday’s Big Game focuses in on the brand’s electric and electrified future. Like many EV ads, it’s a head-scratcher. In a series of almost clichéd nods to Field of Dreams, Back to the Future, and other movies that would be familiar to...

  • George Parrott's 2018 Tesla Model 3 with orange wrap [CREDIT: George Parrott]
    Tesla Model 3 vs Model S: Tighter dragstrip times, sharper traction system

    Tesla claims some astonishingly quick acceleration times, and for some of us, testing and verifying those times are part of the fun. To do that, the drag strip is the only safe and fully reliable source for accurate numbers. In February of 2015, I migrated to a Model S Performance, after owning a...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf with CHAdeMO fast-charging cable plugged in  [photo John Briggs]

    At CES earlier this month, GBatteries demonstrated that it could charge a 60-kwh battery pack, made up of off-the-shelf lithium-ion automotive cells, to half capacity in just 5 minutes, or to a full charge in 10 minutes. Further, the company is aiming, with a technology that employs AI elements, to boost charging speeds without accelerating degradation and rendering electric-vehicle battery packs useless. Such a technology could help lessen the effects of fast-charging battery packs in vehicles. The more often you fast-charge an electric-car battery pack—and the higher the charge...

  • Toyota Research Institute P4 Automated Driving Test Vehicle
    Toyota's newest self-driving test car is a Lexus LS luxury sedan

    If you're going to develop a self-driving test vehicle, why not make it one that passengers would enjoy riding in? Perhaps that's the logic behind Toyota's choice of its new Lexus LS large luxury sedan as the basis for the P4, its latest automated-driving test vehicle—unveiled yesterday by...

  • Guinness record-setting electric helicopter by Tier 1 Engineering
    All-electric helicopter makes record flight

    Electric transportation is about more than cars. Trucks and buses are also moving toward electric propulsion. Planes, with their long ranges and high power demands seem to be harder. Where electric power does seem to be making progress in the skies is in helicopters. An independent engineering...

  • 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots
    VW releases video of electric ID hatchback testing in South Africa

    Volkswagen has heard the naysayers. After being caught cheating on emissions tests with its diesels and being forced to promote electric cars through various legal settlements around the world, the company clearly realizes it has a steep climb to convince consumers it is serious about selling a...

  • Lithium-ion cell and battery pack assembly for Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland, U.K., plant
    Electric cars cheaper than gas ones by 2020, says Chinese battery supplier

    Envision Energy, a Chinese company that bought Nissan's former AESC battery business, says it will be able to make battery packs for less than $100 per kilowatt-hour in the next two years. That number is significant, because it's the threshold at which automakers and analysts say electric cars will...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept teaser
    Rivian teases electric pickup and SUV planned for LA auto show

    A new startup automaker, Rivian, plans to beat Tesla to the punch with an electric pickup truck. After years of stealth, the company is finally poised to reveal its new pickup and SUV at the LA auto show later this month. This week, the company set up a media site complete with space for pictures...